North Campus

Introduction to Sociology


INSTRUCTOR:  Cara Gluskoter (AKA Prof. G)
OFFICE: Social Sciences, Room 2256-21

Phone: (305) 237-1821   Email:

 Sociology is not a tidy subject.  As the “science of society and social relations,” its boundaries are wide and difficult to draw.  It overlaps with all other social science disciplines and its subject matter is often controversial.

 The sociological perspective:  People’s thoughts and actions are strongly influenced by the groups to which they belong, and by the values, beliefs, practices, and institutions that make up their culture.  From birth until death, people are influenced by groups – which are small and immediate – and by larger structures that are often referred to as “institutions”.  Throughout this course we will explore how each of our actions are based on, or influenced by, the groups to which we belong.

Course Competencies: (Detailed course competencies on page 1 of the text book)


To appreciate the basic principles of sociological thought and the application of those principles to daily living.


      1)      Possess a working knowledge of sociological terminology, principles, and concepts.
Understand the major theories of sociological thought.
Understand the structure and functions of society and culture.
Appreciate standard methods of sociological inquiry.
Analyze social problems from functional, conflict, and symbolic interactionist views.
Examine processes of social change and collective behavior.

 Office Hours:       M:   12:00pm-4:30pm 
                                     T:  9am-9:40am,12:40pm-2:00pm, 4:00pm-5:30pm    
R:   9am-9:40am, 12:40pm-2:00pm,
                                     F:  12pm-1:00pm

Required Text:     Sociology, by Anderson and Taylor, Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.  Custom North Campus Edition.


You must register and log-in to this WebCT course.  Students are encouraged to use this form of communication in order to notify me of any absence or to ask for assistance regarding the class.  We will utilize WebCt for assignments, calendar, (possible) tests and communications.

Cheating and Plagiarism:  

Each student is expected to be honest in his/her work. Dishonesty in assignments, examinations, or other academic work is considered an extremely serious offense and will subject the student to disciplinary action at the discretion of the instructor ranging from failing the test to failing the course. Likewise, plagiarism is considered an extremely serious offense. A student is guilty of plagiarism when he/she fails to give adequate credit for any ideas or material taken from another source for either written or oral presentation, including purchasing papers turned in as one's own work. The offering of materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections without acknowledgment also is considered plagiarism. Students exhibiting such behavior will fail this course. Please read the Academic Honor Code printed in the Student Handbook!

Withdrawal policy:

It is the student’s responsibility to initiate the withdrawal during the designated withdrawal period.  Otherwise, an “F” grade will be issued at the end of the term.  The last day to withdrawal from a course with a grade of ‘W’ is March 16th.


This class meets for three hours. I will make every attempt to make the class interesting; however, I can't do it alone.  Your active participation in class is vital to the success of the course. Don't make the mistake of being a passive listener or expect to simply regurgitate a series of facts.  Each member of the class is expected to contribute positively to the classroom learning environment through regular attendance and active class participation, including working productively in learning groups, contributing thoughtful comments or questions to class discussions, and other significant contributions. Your participation grade is subjectively determined by my observation of your learning and efforts to contribute in a meaningful way to the course.  Any disruptive behavior such as side-bar talking, cell phone or pager interruptions, and other behaviors that distracts from the learning environment can deduct from your participation grade or lead to removal from the course. 

Many of the opinions expressed in this course are controversial. I do not expect unanimity among class members nor do I expect that you will subscribe to all my opinions. I do ask that each person honor the opinions of one another.

1.                          Everyone starts off with 100 points for participation and will receive an additional 5 points if they attend each class.

2.                          Everyone gets one free absence for ‘T’ class and two free for ‘TR’ classes.

3.                          Absence– 5 points deducted for each infraction for ‘TR’ class, 10 pts for ‘T’ class. 

4.                          Late arrivals and early exits from class – 2 infractions equals 1 absence.

5.                          BLM Discussion – T10/TR20 points for absence, late or non-participation.

 You can request to discuss your participation grade anytime during the course.

There will be three exams.  The exams will be administered as take home exams, through WebCT, or in class.

Gordon Rule: 

In this two-part six page paper you will have the opportunity to relate the theories we have covered in class to the outside reading.  The Gordon Rule assignment is required for all 2000+ level courses – you cannot pass the course without turning in a satisfactory paper.  Details provided soon. *

* Late work is not accepted.  SPECIAL exceptions will be made at the professor’s discretions and/or with prior approval only.  The Gordon rule paper is due in the first ten minutes of class.

Grading and requirements:                                Evaluation:

BLM Paper                              20%                                         A  90-100%
Test 1                                      20%                                         B  80-89%
Test 2                                      20%                                         C  70-79%
Test 3                                      20%                                         D 60-69%
Participation/Attendance        20%                                         F  <let’s not even think about it.

Paper Format

All papers turned in must use the following format:

                                Font: Times New Roman
Pitch: 12
Double Spaced Typed
1 inch margins (all the way around) -- your computer most likely defaults to this –            be careful when you change it manually.
STAPLE a TITLE PAGE that list the name of the assignment, your
            name, date and the class time. (I will not accept any papers that are not stapled.)

Do not put any of the above information on any of the other pages, except in
            the  header or footer (if you wish).

Since this is a Gordon Rule paper you will be graded for grammar and spelling so
            proofread your work and/or have someone else proofread your work.


Now that we are through with the formalities – let’s have fun!



Text Box: This syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the Professor to meet the needs of the class.




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